Harper Government Invests in Arts and Culture in Abitibi-Témiscamingue

VAL-D'OR, QC, July 11, 2012 /CNW/ - New investments in the arts and culture sectors are helping boost the economy in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region. Funding for six projects was announced today by Jacques Gourde, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works and Government Services, for Official Languages and for the Economic Development Agency for the Regions of Quebec, on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

The funding will support organizations and projects in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region—including local cultural and heritage festivals and organizations—that aim to offer citizens rich cultural experiences.

"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in culture and in organizations that celebrate our heritage and help define our identity," said Minister Moore. "By supporting these organizations, our Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our economy and our communities and to support arts, culture, and heritage in Quebec."

"By funding local cultural organizations, our Government is helping stimulate the regional economy and enrich the quality of life of our citizens," said Mr. Gourde. "Our Government will continue to support cultural organizations in all regions of Quebec that do so much for our province's economy."

The Government of Canada has provided total funding of $95,500 through three programs of the Department of Canadian Heritage: Building Communities through Arts and Heritage, the Museums Assistance Program, and the Canada Book Fund. For more information about the projects, see the attached backgrounder.


Building Communities through Arts and Heritage
This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.
City Organization Project Amount (fiscal year)
Amos Corporation des fêtes et festivals d'Amos H2O Le Festival Coop IGA Extra Amos 2012-2013 $18,400
Rouyn-Noranda Corporation des fêtes pour tout le monde Osisko en lumière Pyromusical Festival in Abitibi-Témiscamingue 2012 $5,900
Val-d'Or Festival de la relève indépendante musicale en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (FRIMAT) FRIMAT 2012 $3,200
  TOTAL: $27,500
Museums Assistance Program
This program provides funding to Canadian museums and related institutions for projects that foster excellence in museum activities and that facilitate access to the treasures of our collective heritage.
City Organization Project Amount (fiscal year)
Val-d'Or Centre d'exposition de Val-d'Or Hosting the Canadian Museum of Nature's touring exhibition Ice Age Mammals / Mammifères venus du froid (2012-2013) $15,000
Amos City of Amos Hosting the touring exhibition Who Am I? The Quest for Myself from the Musée de la nature et des sciences de Sherbrooke at the Centre d'exposition d'Amos $15,000
  TOTAL: $30,000
Canada Book Fund
The principal objective of the Canada Book Fund is to ensure access to a diverse range of Canadian-authored books in Canada and abroad. The program seeks to achieve this objective by fostering a viable Canadian book industry that publishes and markets Canadian-authored books.
City Organization Project Amount (fiscal year)
Rouyn-Noranda Salon du livre de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue 36th and 37th annual Salon du livre de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue (2012-2013) $38,000
  TOTAL: $38,000


SOURCE Canadian Heritage

For further information:

For more information (media only), please contact:
Sébastien Gariépy
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)


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